March 26 2015 - Los Angeles CA
So technically it is still the 26th for us when we land at LA even though we left Auckland at 10:45 PM March 26. We land early but it doesn't buy us anything since the gate we are booked at is still occupied.
We finally disembark at around 3 PM and head for the usual chore of customs and baggage. LAX has an automated system for Canadians, you scan your passport, remove your hat and glasses for a photo and are given a receipt with your photo (same as DC). Next to a customs officer who validates your receipt and passport and keeps your declaration. Next you pick up your luggage and get in another line. The officer is Russian and asks if we are arriving from or going to New Zealand. He then asks if we went to Nelson, no, and then what was our favourite. We say Milford Sound.
Out we go.
We head to the shuttles and are at the Marriott Courtyard in no time. We normally stay at the Hilton but this is next door to the long term parking where our car is. Also the Hilton charges for internet and Marriott also offers free breakfast. Check in very pleasant.
We just poke around for the next few hours. Wo go online and make some hotel reservations for the next few days.
We re-arrange the suitcases so we are only carrying one with the stuff we need.
We take a walk to the Sheraton next door for Italian, we are both craving spaghetti. On the way back we notice we are right next to that iconic sign for LAX and come back out with the cameras to get a shot.
I'm happy, finally
To bed after a very long day travelling back in time!!!!